Encouragement of Climb

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Encouragement of Climb
Encouragement of Climb Manga Cover Volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume featuring main characters Aoi (right) and Hinata (left).
(Yama no Susume)
Genre Slice of life
Written by Shiro
Published by Earth Star Entertainment
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Comic Earth Star
Original run August 12, 2011 – present
Volumes 11 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Yusuke Yamamoto
Studio 8-Bit
Original network Tokyo MX, SUN-TV, AT-X
Original run January 3, 2013March 21, 2013
Episodes 12 + OVA (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Encouragement of Climb: Second Season
Directed by Yusuke Yamamoto
Studio 8-Bit
Original run July 9, 2014December 23, 2014
Episodes 24 (List of episodes)
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Encouragement of Climb (ヤマノススメ Yama no Susume?, lit. "Recommendation of Mountaineering") is a slice-of-life manga series written and illustrated by Shiro, which began serialization in Earth Star Entertainment's Comic Earth Star magazine in 2011. An anime television series by 8-Bit aired in Japan between January and March 2013 and was simulcasted by Crunchyroll. A second season aired from July 2014 to December 2014.


Aoi and Hinata are childhood friends. Aoi prefers staying indoors and is afraid of heights, whereas Hinata is outgoing and loves mountaineering. They both decide to climb a mountain, in order to see a sunrise they saw together when they were younger.


Aoi Yukimura (雪村 あおい Yukimura Aoi?)
Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi
A high school girl who became afraid of heights after falling off a playground structure and breaking her leg. Thanks to Hinata's influence, she begins to take an interest in mountain climbing.
Hinata Kuraue (倉上 ひなた Kuraue Hinata?)
Voiced by: Kana Asumi
A hyperactive girl who loves mountains. She was friends with Aoi in elementary school before reuniting with her in high school. She encourages Aoi to conquer her fear of heights and take up mountain climbing.
Kaede Saitō (斎藤 楓 Saitō Kaede?)
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa
A senior student in Aoi's high school who loves mountain climbing. She befriended Aoi when they met in an equipment store.
Kokona Aoba (青羽 ここな Aoba Kokona?)
Voiced by: Yui Ogura
A middle school student Aoi and Hinata met and befriended on a mountain trail.
Honoka Kurosaki (黒崎 ほのか Kurosaki Honoka?)
Voiced by: Nao Tōyama
A young photographer who Aoi meets while climbing Mount Tanigawa.
Yuuka Sasahara (笹原 ゆうか Sasahara Yūka?)
Voiced by: Yui Makino
Kaede's classmate during both middle school and high school. She often worries about Kaede's safety whenever she goes climbing.
Ken'ichi Kuraue (倉上 健一 Kuraue Ken'ichi?)
Voiced by: Seirō Ogino
Hinata's father, an experienced mountain climber who took Aoi and Hinata to climb Mount Tanigawa when they were younger.
Hikari Onozuka (小野塚 ひかり Onozuka Hikari?)
Voiced by: Yuko Gibu
An energetic college student who works part time at a cake shop alongside Aoi.
Koharu Senjuin (千手院 小春 Senjuin Koharu?)
The president of the Mountaineering Club in Aoi's high school.
Megumi Yukimura (雪村 恵 Yukimura Megumi?)
Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa
Aoi's mother.
Mai Aoba (青羽 麻衣 Aoba Mai?)
Voiced by: Risa Hayamizu
Kokona's mother.



Yama no Susume began as a manga series written and illustrated by Shiro and published in Earth Star Entertainment's Comic Earth Star magazine. The first chapter appeared in the September 2011 issue of the magazine, released on August 12, 2011.[1] The series' chapters have been compiled in 11 volumes, published between June 12, 2012,[2] and March 12, 2016.[3]

No. Release date ISBN
1 June 12, 2012 ISBN 9784803003437
2 December 12, 2012 ISBN 9784803003987
3 March 12, 2013 ISBN 9784803004342
4 May 11, 2013 ISBN 9784803004694
5 October 12, 2013 ISBN 9784803005080
6 June 12, 2014 ISBN 9784803005806
7 August 12, 2014 ISBN 9784803005967
8 February 12, 2015 ISBN 9784803006681
9 July 11, 2015 ISBN 9784803007466
10 November 12, 2015 ISBN 9784803008128
11 March 12, 2016 ISBN 9784803008760


An anime television series, directed by Yusuke Yamamoto and produced by 8-Bit, aired in Japan on Tokyo MX between January 3 and March 21, 2013, and was simulcasted by Crunchyroll.[4][5] The opening theme is "Staccato Days" (スタッカート・デイズ Sutakkāto Deizu?) by Yuka Iguchi and Kana Asumi. The series consisted of twelve five-minute episodes, with an additional OVA episode bundled with the Blu-ray Disc release of the series on May 14, 2013.[6] A second season, consisting of 24 fifteen-minute episodes, began airing from July 9, 2014.[7][8] The opening theme is "Natsuiro Present" (夏色プレゼント Natsuiro Purezento?, Summer-colored Present) by Iguchi, Asumi, Yōko Hikasa and Yui Ogura,[9] "Mainichi Koharu Biyori" (毎日コハルビヨリ) by Iguchi, Asumi for episode sixteen onwards; whilst the ending themes are "Tinkling Smile" by Ogura for the first twelve episodes, "Stacatto Days" for episodes thirteen to fifteen, and "Cocoiro Rainbow" by Kyoko Narumi for episode sixteen onwards.[10]


  1. ^ 月刊コミックアーススター 2011年 09月号 [雑誌] (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ ヤマノススメ(1) (アース・スターコミックス) (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ ヤマノススメ 11 (アース・スターコミックス) (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved March 3, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Crunchyroll to Stream Encouragement of Climb, Mangirl". Anime News Network. December 27, 2012. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Crunchyroll to Stream "Encouragement of Climb" and "Mangirl" Anime". Crunchyroll. December 27, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Encouragement of Climb's Unaired Episode Previewed in Video". Anime News Network. May 10, 2013. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  7. ^ "2nd Yama no Susume Season Slated for Summer". Anime News Network. December 7, 2013. Retrieved March 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Yama no Susume Mountain-Climbing Anime Gets 2nd Season". Anime News Network. December 2, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ Green, Scott (July 2, 2014). "VIDEO: Moe Mountaineering Showcased in Second "Encouragement of Climb 2" Preview". Crunchyroll. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  10. ^ "小倉唯 おぐらゆい RELEASE" (in Japanese). King Records. Archived from the original on October 16, 2014. 

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